>> rose: james levine has been a major force at the met for more than 40 years, conducting some 2,500 performances and shaping the way opera sounds. the "new york times" calls him "one of the greatest living conductors." this season he will also conduct a new production of "falstat." i'm pleased to have him back at this table. welcome. >> thanks, charlie, it's great to see you. >> rose: you look great! >> i feel great. >> rose: we'll talk about what you've been through and what you've learned. is that the happiest time for you? you're in that orchestra pit, you are conducting genius, mozart. >> yes. i would say it doesn't get happier than that. i mean, that's -- to be doing what you're cut out to do, what you have the talent for, the drive for, the wish for and especially under miraculous circumstances it was an amazing feeling.